Nico Saieh

Architectural Photographer based in Santiago, Chile

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The Beauty of Exposed Wooden Trusses

© Koichi Torimura© Shigeo Ogawa© Matthijs van Roon© Shigeo Ogawa+ 28

Timber trusses are wooden structural frameworks used to support roofs or other heavy structures. Fabricated from a series of triangles linked by a ridge beam and purlins, wooden trusses are structurally advantageous due to their high strength-to-weight ratios and corresponding ability to support long spans. However, these structural components can also be used for aesthetic ends, and when left exposed, can complexify, beautify, and open an interior space.

School Architecture: Examples in Plan and Section

For architects, schools are often complex structures to design. They must provide a variety of spaces for education, and also consider sports and recreational activities. But beyond its size or surface, the greatest challenge is to design an area that fosters a positive pedagogical environment for children. Below, a selection of +70 school projects with their drawings to inspire your proposals for learning campuses.

Houses with Side Patios: Bountiful Natural Light and Ventilation

House 7x37 / CR2 ArquiteturaCasa RL / COA AssociadosBrooklin House / Galeria ArquitetosGranja Julieta House / Jamelo Arquitetura+ 21

Patios and gardens play a crucial role in a project's planning and layout. In some instances, they serve as organizing elements while in others, they improve the quality of life in a space by providing light, ventilation, and a connection to the outdoors while maintaining the privacy of the inhabitants. 

Refugia Hotel / Mobil Arquitectos

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Dalcahue, Chile
  • Architects: Mobil Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1250
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Añihue

Brick in Latin American Architecture: Hospitals and Health Centers

The focus of buildings should ultimately be the well-being of the people using them. When we think of our experiences in hospitals, clinics, the dentist's office, and other medical facilities, the feeling is rarely pleasant. Perhaps it's the smells, the dull, monotone colors, or the sound of medical gadgets working away on some unlucky patient. 

Open Air: New Ways We Can Live Together in Nature

“We need a new spatial contract." This is the call of Hashim Sarkis, curator of the Venice Biennale 2021, as an invitation for architects to imagine new spaces in which we can live together. Between a move towards urban flight and global housing crises, the growth of more low-rise, dense developments may provide an answer in the countryside. Turning away from single family homes in rural areas and suburbs, modern housing projects are exploring new models of shared living in nature.

© Shu He© HG Esch© Christian Wöckinger© Dio Guna Putra+ 13

Improving the Educational Environment with the Reggio Emilia Approach

Redbridge School / ARX Portugal Arquitetos. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SGCreche Leimond-Shonaka / Archivision Hirotani Studio. Image © Noriko MomoiKindergarten in Guastalla / Mario Cucinella Architects. Image © Moreno MaggiCentro Infantil El Guadual / Daniel Joseph Feldman Mowerman + Iván Dario Quiñones Sanchez. Image © Ivan Dario Quiñones Sanchez+ 48

The Reggio Emilia Approach was created in the post-WWII period at the initiative of widowed mothers and under the coordination of journalist and educator Loris Malaguzzi. In a time of postwar urban reconstruction, the group's primary concern was the formation of new schools, where they wanted to create a peaceful, welcoming, and cheerful environment, with a domestic atmosphere where children could stay while their mothers worked. Understanding the children's interests and providing a suitable environment for exploration and experimentation is one of the focal points of this pedagogy. The creation of a safe and stimulating environment is so fundamental that, in much literature, it appears as a third teacher.

El Arrayan House / Oficina Bravo

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Lo Barnechea, Chile
  • Architects: Oficina Bravo
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  190
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Eco Pinturas, Timbercret

Spotlight: Toyo Ito

As one of the leading architects of Japan's increasingly highly-regarded architecture culture, 2013 Pritzker Laureate Toyo Ito (born June 1, 1941) has defined his career by combining elements of minimalism with an embrace of technology, in a way that merges both traditional and contemporary elements of Japanese culture.

Tower of Winds. Image © Tomio OhashiTama Art University Library. Image © Iwan BaanSendai Mediatheque. Image © Nacasa & Partners Inc.Taichung Metropolitan Opera House. Image © Lucas K. Doolan+ 16

Punta Chilen House / Baltazar Sánchez

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Ancud, Chile
  • Architects: Baltazar Sánchez
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

PI House / Benjamin Goñi Arquitectos + Claro + Westendarp Arquitectos

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Huentaleuquen, Chile

Casa Los Algarrobos / MasFernandez Arquitectos + Claudio Tapia

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Colina, Chile

Origami House / Mas Fernandez Arquitectos + OR Arquitectos

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Zapallar, Chile

6 Eye-Catching Corten Steel Construction Details

The characteristics of Corten steel has been respected by all architects, both for its strength and for its particular color. It corresponds to a type of steel manufactured with a chemical composition that provides an oxidation that protects the piece, practically without altering its mechanical characteristics. The architectural details of Corten steel present a diversity of situations and connections, not only the obvious constructive factor but it also gives an aesthetic value to any architectural project.

We have compiled this list of 6 eye-catching Corten steel construction details that stand out the most.

Temporary Plazas: 13 Public Spaces that Activate the City

© Sebastien Michelini© Shawn Liu© Marco Canevacci© Gijo Paul George+ 14

Normally the efforts of the construction industry are aimed to design permanent and durable spaces. However, on some occasions creating temporary spaces can be of great help, not only when providing fast assembly infrastructure after the effects of a natural disaster, but also when activating residual or abandoned spaces in our cities. To exemplify the potential of these interventions, we present thirteen successful temporary public spaces.

Spotlight: Eduardo Souto de Moura

Eduardo Souto de Moura (born 25 July 1952), the Portuguese architect that won the 2011 Pritzker Prize, is known for designs that are formally simple yet serious and at times, dramatic, created through his thoughtful use of colors and materials. His architecture is both versatile and consistent, contextual yet universal, and rarely affected by current trends or styles.

Braga Municipal Stadium. Image © Leonardo FinottiVenice Biennale Pavilion 2012. Image © Nico SaiehBurgo Tower. Image © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SGConvento Das Bernardas. Image © Luis Ferreira Alves+ 21

Bridge House / Aranguiz-Bunster Arquitectos

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Puerto Varas, Chile
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Onduline